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When navigating through the different types of hearing aid funding, it can be challenging to know where to begin. Triton Hearing is an approved healthcare provider. As part of our Better Hearing Guarantee, we advise on different funding options and subsidies available to you, making it easier to purchase your hearing aids. Our experienced staff are knowledgeable and happy to help!

Ministry of Health Subsidy Scheme

Available once every six years, the Ministry of Health subsidy scheme is the most common form of funding for hearing aids. The only criteria required are that you are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident and are over the age of 16. As the name suggests, the subsidy scheme will only subsidise the total cost of your hearing aid purchase by $511.11 per ear, or $1022.22 for a pair of hearing aids. Your audiologist can apply for this on your behalf. They will subtract the funding amount from your initial hearing aid quote.

government subsidy hearing aid funding

Ministry of Health Full Funding Scheme

If you are eligible for Veteran’s Affairs or ACC, you will not be eligible for this scheme. To be eligible for the Full Funding Scheme, you will need to hold a current Community Services Card and meet further criteria, such as:

  • Working at least 30 hours or more per week
  • Be a registered job seeker looking for paid employment
  • Full-time caregiver for a dependent person
  • Undertake qualifying volunteer work
  • Study full time

You may be eligible for the Hearing Aid Funding Scheme even if you do not currently hold a valid Community Services Card if you are deemed to have complex needs such as sudden hearing loss, a significant hearing loss since childhood, or if you have a dual disability such as severe visual impairment.

If approved, a basic to mid-range hearing aid will be fully funded at no cost to you. However, most private hearing care providers do charge a one-off fitting fee. To discuss your options further with an audiologist, contact your local Triton Hearing clinic.

ministry of health hearing aid funding

ACC Fully Funded Hearing Aids

Triton Hearing can provide FULLY FUNDED hearing aids with all levels of ACC approved funding, however you may wish to top up your allocated funding to receive a more sophisticated hearing aid model.

ACC funding is available for hearing solutions where 6% or more of your hearing loss is due to injury related causes, including:

  • Gradual onset hearing loss caused by noise at work
  • ​Hearing loss caused by an accident
  • Hearing loss caused by some medical treatments
ACC offers different levels of funding for Hearing Aids depending on the cause and extend of your hearing loss. ACC will also contribute towards the cost of hearing aid repairs and battery purchases.

Our experienced hearing experts and local hearing clinic teams can offer you a wide range of solutions and will work with you to make the best choice for your individual listening needs, lifestyle and budget.

ACC hearing aid funding options

War Pensions/Veterans’ Affairs

If you have ever served in the New Zealand Defence force, particularly if you served before 1st April 1974, you may be eligible for this level of funding. To be eligible, you will need to have been deployed in a qualifying operational service; you can contact Veterans’ Affairs directly on 0800 483 8372 to see if your individual service qualifies.

If you are eligible, your audiologist will conduct a formal needs assessment and recommend a hearing aid model and/or accessories to your Veterans’ Affairs case manager for approval.

There is no cost to yo to receive hearing aids through Veteran's Affairs, however like ACC, you may choose to contribute to or top up the agreed funding value to receive a more sophisticated hearing aid model.

Veterans' Affairs funding availability

Insurance

Triton Hearing is a preferred provider and we are experienced in working with all major insurance companies. We have a dedicated Insurance Team to assist with all insurance claims and related inquiries. To discuss an insurance replacement, please contact our Hearing Care Specialists on 0800 45 45 43.

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Local Charities or Funds

In addition to the four main hearing aid funding schemes, local charities or funds may be able to help contribute towards the cost of a hearing aid purchase. One notable fund is the Vincentian Foundation for the Elderly who provide hearing aid grants up to a maximum of $600 per hearing aid to those over the age of 65 with a dual SuperGold / Community Services Card.1. The National Foundation for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is also currently providing hearing aid grants of up to $500 each for New Zealanders facing financial hardship,2. and the New Zealand Audiological Society Hearing Aid Fund provides $375 (excluding GST) per hearing aid to those in financial hardship who are otherwise not eligible for any form of government funding.3.

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